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The number (!) of number-themed reviews is vast. What to include: Only titles whose first words are numbers? How many 0000s are permitted? How about fractions? For now, let's look at 10 and under from CPL's dvd collection. It's by no means a complete list, so feel free to recommend others from our collection in your comments.

No, I can't explain the uncanny reappearances of Heath Ledger, Sandra Bullock and Faye Dunaway:

One

One Week: There was buzz a year or so ago at the film festivals around this 2008 feature starring Joshua Jackson (Dawson's Creek) in which a young man travels across Canada.

One Hour Photo: Robin Williams stars as a creepy photo-finisher who stalks a family after seeing their snaps.

Two (sorry, no Part Twos in this section)

Two if by Sea If you like Sandra Bullock, have a look. A criminal couple decides to take a holiday.Check out Two Weeks Notice: Again with Sandra Bullock

If you like classics try Shakepeare's Two Gentlemen of Verona or Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities in two versions (1989) and (1980). See the Dickens' review a few posts back for the links.

Three: The magic number, apparently...look at all the titles...

Three Little Words (1950) starring Fred Astair and Red Skelton. So you think you can dance?

Three Musketeers: We have six versions, including Three Musketeers, Four Musketeers, starring Michael York and Faye Dunaway, 1966 with Jeremy Brett, Disney's, 1939 with Don Ameche, 1921 with Douglas Fairbanks, and Charlie Sheen and Kiefer Sutherland's.

Three Days of the Condor Starring Faye Dunaway and Robert Redford. Father of all the "everyone is out to get secret agent so and so" films.

3 Women: on order. Fans of Robert Altman's films will be happy to see this in the collection. Starring Sissy Spacek.

Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada: Root 'em Shoot'em starring Tommy Lee Jones. While you're at it, watch 3:10 to Yuma, reviewed in an earlier Best Westerns blog post.

Three Valley Gap: Anyone's who's driven from Calgary to Vancouver on the Trans-Canada knows this wacky gold panning stop in the road. This documentary is part of the Wings over Canada series which gives a bush pilot's view of the area.

The Three Stooges collection: needs no review

Four

Four Feathers Heath Ledger stars in this remake of a 1939 historical drama set during the war in the Sudan.

Four Weddings and a Funeral: The film that launched Hugh Grant's career. A story of friends, love, and loss, it had the quality of an independent film but was still widely accessible and remains a hit.

Five

Hawaii Five-O is now available on dvd in glorious technicolour. Just in time for the tv remake, surf's up! "Book 'em Danno."

We now have The Fifth Element starring supermodel Mila Jovovich. This is a fun sci-fi action/conspiracy movie. Not for kids but lovers of space movies and non-lovers of space movies will both enjoy. Quirky cameo roles abound.

Six

The winner here is the tv series Six Feet Under, which looks at the lives of a family of undertakers after the patriarch dies. Comic and poignant and not too grisly.

We also have Six Degrees of Separation, starring Will Smith in one of his first dramatic roles with Stockard Channing and Donald Sutherland. A couple's marriage disintegrates as Channing's character explores motherhood and class divisions.

Seven

In Se7en Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman star as detectives tracking a violent and manipulative serial killer. Very disturbing and graphic.

Seven Samurai is the clear winner here. See the desert island classic review of Akira Kurasawa's masterwork.

Eight

Eight 1/2: Fellini's classic semi-autobiographical film

8 Mile: Eminem's classic semi-autobiographical film

Jon and Kate plus Eight, the tv series... In case you missed the spectacle the first time around.

Nine

Check out award winning animated film 9. Set in a post-apocalyptic landscape of rubble and mechanical parts, small burlap creatures fight to defend themselves and discover who their destiny. Fans of Tim Burton's films will recognize his visual influence. The dvd also includes the original short film version whose economy and plot development we liked even more than the feature's.

District 9

A very unique film: social critique by way of science fiction. District Nine places aliens in the refugee camps in Johannesburg... and yes, the "monsters are us"

Nine

You may remember the ads but was it ever in the theatres? Anyone? A musical based on Fellini's 8 1/2, watch it for the incredible costumes and all-star cast including Penelope Kruz, Kate Hudson, Daniel Day Lewis and "it" girl Marion Cotillard.

Ten

The Ten Commandments: See Charlton Heston part the Red Sea in glorious Technicolor. It never gets old.

Number Ten: a serial look inside Britain's powerhouse on Downing Street

Ten Canoes This Australian film features Aboriginal brothers in a comic adventure based on a traditional fable.

Ten things I hate about you: Heath Ledger stars in a romantic comedy.

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